Appointment of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister of Malaysia

24 November, 2022
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Appointment of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister of Malaysia

The Sultan's Palace in Malaysia announced that today, Thursday, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been appointed as Prime Minister.


Saturday's general elections resulted in an unprecedented hung parliament, as neither of the two main coalitions, one led by Anwar and the other by former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, won enough seats to form a government.


Anwar's appointment comes after a long journey in the world of politics that lasted three decades, in which he fluctuated from an apparent heir to veteran leader Mahathir Muhammad to a prisoner, then a leader of the opposition for a long time.


The 75-year-old was repeatedly denied access to the prime minister, despite his closeness to the position over the years. He previously held the position of deputy prime minister in the nineties and was the prospective prime minister in 2018.


It is noteworthy that the former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 97, lost his seat in Parliament in the wake of the legislative elections that took place on Saturday, after he served as Prime Minister of Malaysia for more than two decades in two terms.


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